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Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

In response to the recent survey about sexual harassment in anthropology, reported by Kathryn Clancy (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katie Hinde (Harvard), Robin Nelson (U California, Riverside), and Julienne Rutherford (U Illinois, Chicago) the American Anthropological Association has issued the following statement on behalf of its more than 11,000 members.

 The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is shocked and dismayed to learn about the results of a recent survey reported at the April 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN. The AAA has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic, professional, fieldwork or any other settings where our members work.  While the AAA does not have adjudicatory authority over these matters, our Statement on Ethics: Code of Professional Responsibility sets out our clear expectation that anthropologists “…have a responsibility to maintain respectful relationships with others. In mentoring students, interacting with colleagues, working with clients, acting as a reviewer or evaluator, or supervising staff, anthropologists should comport themselves in ways that promote an equitable, supportive and sustainable workplace environment.”

 We deplore the reported incidents of sexual harassment, and  expect employers and institutions of higher education to enforce the law as well as their specific anti-harassment policies for implementing the law. While sexual harassment is an issue that affects men and women alike, women bear the greatest burden of these incidents by far. The AAA has a long-term commitment to monitoring the status of women in anthropology through the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology, renamed in 2011 the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology. We encourage harassment victims who do not feel that adequate protections are available through their employer or home institution to contact the Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology confidentially for advice.

AAA Election Candidates Announced

On April 15, the American Anthropological Association’s association-wide elections and section elections will begin.  New to this year, you can view the candidates prior to the opening of the ballot.

Here are the candidates running in the association-wide elections:

AAA Secretary (3-year term)
Rani Alexander and Margaret Buckner

AAA Executive Board (3-year term)
Cultural Seat: A Lynn Bolles and Bill Maurer
Student Seat: Ryan Harrod and Karen G Williams
Undesignated #1: Cheryl Mwaria and Peter Neal Peregrine
Undesignated #4: Kathleen Musante Dewalt and Rayna Rapp

Nominations Committee (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Stephen Edward Nash and Sharon M Stratton
Minority Seat: Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Kimberly Eison Simmons

Committee on Ethics (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Gregory J Borgstede and Neely Myers
Undesignated #1: Christine Hegel-Cantarella and Christopher T Nelson

Committee on the Gender Equity in Anthropology (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Carole McDavid and Sarah Ono
Undesignated #5: Heather Levi and Marcia Ochoa

Committee for Human Rights (3-year term)
Undesignated #2: Robert Lewis Clark and Tricia Redeker-Hepner
Undesignated #3: Eva Friedlander and K Anne Pyburn

Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (3-year term)
Undesignated #3:  Elizabeth Chin and Jennifer D Heung
Undesignated #4: Flordeliz T Bugarin and Mayanthi L Fernando

Committee on Public Policy (3-year term)
Undesignated #7: Alexander A Bauer and Susan B Hyatt

Labor Relations Committee (3-year term)
Undesignated #1: Catherine Koehler and John R Roby
Undesignated #2: Brian McKenna and Christine J Walley

There are also 38 section elections that will be occurring during this time. To view the complete list of candidates running in the section elections, click here.

Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Award

Nominations Due: May 1

The CoGEA Award (formerly known as the Squeaky Wheel Award), sponsored by the AAA Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA), recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the courage to bring to light and investigate practices in anthropology that are potentially discriminatory to women, have acted to raise awareness of women’s contributions to anthropology or identify barriers to full participation by women in anthropology, or have helped to bring about significant shifts in intellectual paradigms through their anthropological research on women’s lives.

The committee seeks nominations for scholars and practitioners from all subfields of anthropology who have acted to improve the status of women in anthropology through:

* Mentorship of female and male colleagues and students

* Research that has directly addressed the roles, situations, and experiences of women in anthropology

* Scholarship on women or gender that has influenced shifts in anthropological theory.

* The development of policies, procedures, or other professional standards that alleviate gender inequality in the field of anthropology

Anyone may submit nominations, including non-AAA members or non-anthropologists. Nominations should include the name, affiliation and title of the individual being nominated, a one- or two-paragraph description of the reason for the nomination and the nature of the person’s contribution to the improvement of the status of women in anthropology, and a copy of the nominee’s CV. The nomination also should include the name, address, phone number and email address of the nominator. Nominators may be contacted for additional material concerning finalists. Nominations should be sent by May 1 to Suzanne Mattingly, CoGEA Liaison at smatting@aaanet.org.  Awardees and nominators will be notified by July 1.

Previous CoGEA Award winners include: Liz Brumfiel (2011), Laura Nader (2010), Constance Sutton (2009), Margaret Conkey (2008), Joan Gero (2007), Sandra Morgen (2006), Adrienne Zihlman (2004), Sue Kent (2003), Carole Crumley (2002), Naomi Quinn (2001), Roger Sanjek (2000), Carol Kramer (1999), Louise Lamphere (1998), and John Yellen (1997).

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